I’ve been MIA from blogging (and other social media avenues) for… about 6 weeks. It was a needed break to focus on sending one kid to college, one kid back to high school, and to simply spend time reading and writing.
But I’m glad to be back in action with the release of Tara Tyler’s novel, Simulation. After reading the blurb for her newest release, I was intrigued and wanted to know more about her creativity, inspiration and writing. So, when Tara said she’d let me interview her, I turned my curiosities into questions :).
Welcome, Tara. Thanks for stopping by. The plot and setting for SIMULATION sound fascinating. Simulation takes place in the year 2082. What inspiration did you use to create this environment?
Tara – I picture things that I believe could really become reality. And every time I search for future gadgets, some of my ideas are already being worked on! So my inspiration is today’s technology on steroids – like predicting the future, and a race to see if it becomes real.
What element of your future setting excited you the most?
Tara – I would love to have a 3D wrist imager – like Tony Stark’s computers. The graphics and special effects are cool, but I’d love to see it for real and on my wrist – I leave my phone places all the time!
How did the concept for Simulation come to you?
Tara – Hasan is the scientific genius, always creating new gadgets and technology – and in Pop Travel he wanted to improve his dumb android guards. And he loves himself, so he decided to try cloning, but use a computerized brain so he could control it – a simulation. Of course, there are so many problems with that!
And now, about your writing. What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Tara – I love when I get an idea and it really takes off. If I can write a solid story outline, the book flies out of my pen into a notebook and the first draft is usually easy. The editing is the tough part. Thank goodness for CPs!
How long does a first draft take?
Tara – I’ve done first drafts for camp nano, so one to three months, with a good outline & notes.
Do you set daily or weekly goals?
Tara – With my crazy schedule, I set monthly goals. And they’re more like a to do list than goals. I know I can’t finish it all, so I prioritize. Like this month, I have my release tour and 2 events! So Cradle Rock, which is sooooo close to being ready for submission, has to wait and it’s killing me that I can’t work on it. Jolissa too – chapter two pictures are done and ready for me to play with them. Oh well! Family, Bill-paying job, Writing projects – that’s the order.
Thanks so much for interviewing me, Elsie! Great questions! You made me think and I had fun!
Thanks, Tara! and now, the fascinating blurb (and links) for SIMULATION
by Tara Tyler
Release Date: Sept 14, 2015
In 2082, androids are an essential part of daily life. Some are helpful, some would make better toasters, and some are so human-like they’re creepy. Back in Atlanta, Detective Cooper’s latest client has him searching for her boyfriend who she thinks was replaced by a simulation, an illegal clone android. The guy also happens to be a popular new congressman.
As if the case wasn’t frustrating enough, Cooper keeps crossing paths with his ex, FBI Agent Geri Harper who’s looking for the same guy. As Cooper closes in, Geri is kidnapped. But when she resurfaces in Washington and goes on a killing spree, he knows it isn’t her. Now under suspicion himself, Cooper must find the real Geri to prove her innocence, not to mention hunt down the powerful villain behind it all. Never a dull moment.
Tara Tyler writes sci fi and fantasy action-adventures from her little corner of the world in Ohio as she tries to keep up with her three boys and coach husband. Always making time to write, she sometimes puts off chores and lets laundry pile up… hence, she’s also the Lazy Housewife, offering advice and tips to other gals out there trying to do it all without going crazy. She and her housewife friends blog at The Really Real Housewives of America.